The Stowaway Plants

Several months ago now my youngest daughter and I journeyed up to Clay and Limestone to visit Gail. While there Gail gifted us with a bounty of planting presents like a group of junipers, her famously practically perfect pink phlox, several St. John's Worts, golden ragworts, and a couple other plants that have now found a place in our garden. But what she didn't know was that two other plants tagged along. They hid among the soil of the transport containers that bussed the gifts to our garden where they emerged quietly. Soon they became noticeable and emerged from their hiding spots.

Redbuds! (Cercis canadensis)

Here is the redbud that is next to our back porch hanging out with the irises and the practically perfect pink phlox which was its traveling companion!

In the front garden between the arbor and out front porch this little redbud grew out of a golden ragwort from Gail's Garden. A creeping ornamental sweet potato is stealthily moving toward them both.

Redbuds are great trees and I'm always happy to have a few more! Most likely these redbuds grew from seeds hidden in the soil and sprouted in the spring. This fall I'll dig them up to transplant them to better locations. They are just too close to the house for planting but I do have plenty of room for a couple more spring flowering trees. Redbuds are spectacular in bloom!
Thanks Gail!